NYC hotel housekeeping head gets prison in killing

June 17, 2011 - 11:59 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A former housekeeping manager at a high-end Manhattan hotel has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for murdering a woman who lived in the building.

Derrick Praileau (PRAY'-low) apologized in a soft voice as he was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty last month to strangling and trying to rape investment adviser Andree Bejjani (bay-jah-NEE') in September 2009. She was known as Sara.

Praileau broke into her apartment at the Jumeriah Essex House and attacked her as she slept. Praileau has said he held a knife to Bejjani and strangled her when she resisted his sexual assault. The 31-year-old Praileau told authorities he was drunk and high on cocaine.

Nada Bejjani told a court Friday that no one deserves "to be butchered" as her sister was.